Sacramento German Genealogy Society
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Der Blumenbaum
SGGS holds monthly meetings at St. Mark's Uniited Methodist Church in Sacramento County.

What's New?

  • German Bookshelves at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library Images of the books at that library are now posted. Photos were taken July 21, 2018.
  • 2019 IGGC Team Building – A number of SGGS volunteers for the 2019 German conference headed to San Diego during the week of June 10 for a meeting and team building activities with the San Diego volunteers.
Cake at the volunteers dinner.
  • June 26 Video Posted – The June 26 video of Charles Johnson's presentation to SGGS is now posted in the website's members-only section. It will be taken down after 30 days (on August 4).
  • Annual Meeting – SGGS' annual meeting was conducted just prior to the June 26 meeting. It included election of the new Board of Directors and approval of next year's budget. The new Board takes office July 1st.
The committment and services rendered by Alex Shaw (Treasurer since 2008) and Brian Hansen (Membership Director since 2014) were commemorated with a cake, eaten by all who attended. Annie Brenneis will be the new Treasurer, Marilyn Simleness the new Membership Director and Pauline Arndt joins the Board as Member at Large.
  • Sacramento County Fair – SGGS helped staff a genealogy booth at the local county fair, an experiment to present the hobby of genealogy to the general public. Booth volunteers are from a number of local area genealogical and historical societies. It was organized by Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society with support by the Sacramento FamilySearch Library and the Genealogical & Historical Council of Sacramento Valley.
  • 2019 International German Genealogy Conference – Hotel reservations at the discounted conference rate are now open. Go to the hotel reservations page on the IGGP website for more information and to reserve your room.
  • It is Not Too Late! – Didn't attend the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July? Leftover syllabus books can be purchased while the supply lasts. You can also purchase audio recordings of presentations from the vendor.
  • SGGS Meeting Handouts & Videos – Beginning with the Sept. 26 meeting, presentation handouts and videos appear on a separate meeting page in the members-only section of this website. The meeting page will remain posted for a month following its posting date.

GIACR Project

"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005, Dr. Roger Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below. All are Protestant records.
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the shelf
at the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Future Volumes
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
              and Chicago
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair 
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
             South Dakota
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis city & county)
Vol. 20: Missouri, St. Louis County, St. Louis City #1
April 2018:
Vol. 22: Missouri, St. Louis City #2 
Vol. 23: Missouri, St. Louis City #3
Vol. 24: Missouri, St. Louis City #4
Vol. 25: Ohio
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
Provo, UT 84602-5669
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
Click here for a list posted on GRT Publications.
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted 31 Mar 2018, rev 20 Nov 2017 rh

Interested in Helping SGGS?

Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.

Upcoming Events
Aug 28
"Why Should I DNA Test?" by Carol Dove
Our next SGGS regular meeting will be held on August 28, and will feature Carol Dove speaking on Why Should I DNA Test?  Before our presentation at 1:00, come to the study group at 11:00.  We now have public wi-fi access. Program Details   Hope to see you there!
Sep 25
Resources in the Calif. State Library Useful for German Research
Ms. Elena Smith, Reference Librarian in the California History Section of the California State Library in Sacramento, will address the resources available at that library, how those resources can be used to find information about Germans living in California and provide some insight about the social context in which they lived. The exact preentation title and description will be provided soon.   SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.
Oct 23
Featuring speaker Debbie Warner Anderson
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.